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Curatorial Reflections
  • ISSN: 2040-4417
  • E-ISSN: 2040-4425

Abstract

is a digital exhibition of circus costumes that examines the complexities, histories and representations of circus through representations of material artefacts, ephemera, print media, photographs and other primary sources. Through curated features of the exhibit, we investigate circus costumes’ sociocultural influence on fashion through aesthetics and functional design. The purpose of this article is to explore how digital fashion exhibitions may be developed to create educational resources and how their curation process may be interpreted through theory. To do this, we examine the curation of through an exploration of its use of symbolism as an organizational device. We use multiple theoretical lenses, including Erving Goffman’s concepts of the front and back stage presentations of self, along with Anneke Smelik and Susan Kaiser’s updated view that interprets Goffman in the digital/social media sphere, Paul O’Neill’s composition of exhibitions through background/middle ground/foreground and Susan Kaiser’s time, space and place. , digital exhibition (February 2021 – present; Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection, Cornell University Library): https://exhibits.library.cornell.edu/flights-of-fancy.

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